Thank you, Isadora!

Isadora has generously offered to share my upcoming book, 100 Nightmares, in her blog sites.

Read her posts here and here

Thank you, Isadora, for supporting the blog blast. 🙂

Isadora De La Vega is an artist and an award winning jeweler exhibited in over 200 galleries all over the United States including Puerto Rico. She is also a writer and a photographer—a truly inspiring, multi-talented woman.

Every week, Isadora wows me with her contributions to various weekly photo challenges.

Visit Isadora’s art and photography blog at http://isadoraartandphotography.com/ and her other blog at http://insidethemindofisadora.com/ where she posts her musings and other beautiful and motivating things.

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Blog Tour Interview: My Writing Process

My friend, Adam Ickes, invited me to join the Blog Tour Interview!! (read his post here)

Adam’s twitter & Adam’s FB Page

Of course I said yes. 🙂

Actually, I’m supposed to be doing this next Monday but there’s been some sort of misunderstanding I chose to misunderstand the whole thing because today, my blog stats are like way up. I do believe someone’s been stalking me. (Hi, mom! Please tell me it’s not you.) 🙂

Also, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you guys that Adam’s book, 100 tiny tales of terror is currently free on Amazon. Get it while it’s free! But please write a review when you can. Reviews are very important to writers. 🙂

Anyway, thank you again, Adam, for giving me this opportunity to create a random post and to talk about myself. I miss connecting with my readers and I know for the past several months I’ve been posting only twice a week (for Friday Fictioneers and for the Photo Challenge) and that I’ve fallen into this pattern… Still, I’m really thankful for everyone’s support.Thank you to those who visit my blog regularly to read my fiction and view my photos. I appreciate your presence. 🙂

Question #1: What am I working on?

I should be working on a beach ready body. It’s almost summertime here and the sea is calling me. I should be packing my bags and booking a flight… My family wants me to go with them to Japan this April. But for a while, I’m going to have to put all that aside for the love of writing. I’m not complaining. 🙂

You all know I’ve been promoting my new book, 100 Nightmares, like crazy. And though I suck at selling myself, I have to at least try…

Because the book doesn’t suck. I believe in it. I worked hard. The artists worked hard.

I want it to be out there BADLY… bad enough to even pass on the chance to be a part of some really awesome anthologies…

My own book. This is my DREAM. I’ve dreamt of this since I was a kid. The only difference is that I thought I’d be writing romance novels instead of horror stories. I actually thought I’d start writing fiction when I retire… when I’m old enough to have people take me seriously.

But I’m doing this right now. In my 20’s. On my own. Self-published. 🙂 I want this.

That’s why I’m really grateful to everyone who joined my Blog Blast for 100 Nightmares, to those who liked my FB Page, and to you, because you’re reading this right now. 🙂

About the book

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100 Nightmares is a book that consists of 100 stories, each written in exactly 100 words. Less than 20% of the stories have been posted on this blog. And 16% have been previously published in anthologies, magazines and online venues. The rest are all new.

I’d like to describe it as a wicked concoction of classic horror, bizarre stories, fractured fairy tales, murderers and monsters– both imagined and real. It’s an illustrated ebook with drawings from four different artists, including a couple of my brother’s artworks.

Initially, I wanted it to be “100 stories, 100 words, 100 illustrations” but as I’m being pretty selective with the illustrations (and some stories simply work better without visuals) I’ll probably end up with just a few. (I’ll update you on the number of illustrations). The release will be this April.

The brilliant cover art, by the way, was created by Dan Verkys.

Question #2: How does my work differ from others of its genre?

All writers have a unique voice. But unlike others, I didn’t grow up loving all things horror. In fact, when I was a kid, I AVOIDED all things horror.
Horror is something that I’ve started exploring just recently and falling in love with it was the last thing that I expected. What makes me different is the fact that I’m not heavily influenced by mainstream horror. Whatever nightmares I write on page was conceived in my own mind, from my deepest darkest imaginings.

Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker and Edgar Allan Poe are some of the writers that I admire the most. They have huge influences on my writing, for sure. But I think, in order for horror to be effective, being honest is enough. Horror is after all, merely a reflection of real life. Everyone can relate to it. And no matter how you say that you dislike the genre or that it’s not your thing, it still keeps pulling you in, piquing your curiosity, turning into your guilty pleasure.

Question #3: Why do I write what I do?

Writing helps keep me sane. Simple as that. 🙂

But why do I write horror? Because it’s easy for me to write horror. I like that I don’t have to force it. Ideas just keep hemorrhaging inside my head. That’s why I came up with the idea for 100 Nightmares. It’s my way of relieving the increased intracranial pressure. 😉

Question #4: How does your writing process work?

Tough question.

I really don’t force myself to write. I write when I feel like it. And when I find the time… Like everything, it all starts with a silly idea. Wouldn’t it be cool/ sad/ horrible if… And then I start writing and then the story just reveals itself. When I reach a certain amount of words, that’s when I know I’ve come too far to turn back. Like if I don’t finish it, the half-formed monstrosities are gonna murder me in my sleep. ^^ So I finish the story even if it sucks. And then it sucks until it doesn’t.

I’ve also found writing prompts to be extremely helpful. I’m lazy, that’s why. I need the push. That’s why I love Friday Fictioneers so much. The word limit also helps in honing the participants’ editing skills.

I started writing fiction on this blog. Like, a year ago, if I’m not mistaken… and I have my friend, the Pirate, to thank for that. He saw something in me and kept encouraging me to write. I’ll always remember him for that.

I mentioned before that this was supposed to be fashion blog! haha 🙂 🙂 I was going to post photos of myself in various designer outfits. LOL 🙂 🙂 🙂
But I like this. I like that I have you as an audience. I like that you’re here. And I like how this blog has helped me grow. 🙂

Okay, now it’s time to pass the blog baton to this lovely lady…

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Armed with a useless liberal arts degree, Riya Anne Polcastro is a student of human behavior and a conduit for raw words. A long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, Polcastro aims to join the ranks of great Oregon writers. http://www.riyaannepolcastro.com

Riya’s Facebook
& Riya’s Twitter

Be sure to check out her post next Monday. Better yet, visit her blog today 🙂

xoxo

K.Z.

Thank you, David!

Thank you, David, for volunteering to join the Blog Blast for 100 Nightmares. I really appreciate it.

Read his post here

If you like good fiction, go to David Stewart’s page. David’s writing is stellar! What I admire about him is that his stories are always so imaginative and he’s never afraid to experiment with new styles.

David’s short story, “Giselle” is available on Smashwords and other places. I’ve read it. I loved it. The plot was very engaging. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, time travel, sprinkled with just the right amount of romance, you’ll love it too!

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Visit David’s blog at http://greenwalledtower.wordpress.com/ where he posts stories, photos, and more

Thank you, Joelle!

Thank you, Joelle Foong for volunteering to join the Blog Blast for 100 Nightmares

Joelle dedicated a lovely haiku to me and you should all check it out! 🙂 http://jfnoshikou.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/nightmares-cover-reveal/

Joelle Foong likes expressing herself through photographs and haiku. Most of her haiku are inspired by nature. Like me, she likes to follow the 5-7-5 when writing. 🙂 I know that takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Seeing her blog made me miss writing for Carpe Diem daily.

She also has another blog where she posts photographs that capture the beauty of Japan and other places in Asia. I remember her posts from the weekly photo challenges. http://atravellerssong.wordpress.com/author/ajjoelle/

Thank you again, Joelle. 🙂

Thank you, Oloriel!

Thank you, Oloriel, for joining the Blog Blast for 100 Nightmares.

Read her post here

According to Oloriel (I love her name!), she’s a dreamer. And that’s one thing that we have in common 🙂

I’ve discovered her blog just recently and I have to say I’m mesmerized. She writes beautiful poetry.

Oloriel, I’m sorry that I didn’t stop to like any of the posts, but it was so easy to just scroll down and keep reading! 🙂 🙂

Check out her blog: http://olorielmoonshadow.wordpress.com/

Oloriel also runs a magazine called The Tophat Raven, which strives to combine the beauty of the written word and visual art. Inside each issue, you’ll find a diverse compilation of prose, poetry, photography and art that blurs the boundaries between modern and traditional.

Visit the site here: http://thetophatraven.wordpress.com/

They’re open for submissions all year round. I personally can’t wait to pick up the Fantasy issue which will be released this March! 🙂

Teaser! Discover the stories behind these images…

…in my upcoming story collection, 100 Nightmares

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Illustrations by Margate Eltagle
Margate’s art has appeared in various local books.
She’s one of the four artists who are contributing to make this illustrated ebook happen! 🙂 Thank you, Margate.

Join the blog blast for 100 Nightmares cover reveal 🙂 more info on the blog blast here
LIKE 100 Nightmares Facebook page here to get updates on the book. It’s also where I share the illustrations from various artists.
xo
K.Z.

Thank you, Helena!

A while ago, my favorite dilettante, Helena Hann-Basquiat made a blog post about the cover reveal of my upcoming book 100 Nightmares. Thank you, Helena, for volunteering to be a part of this blog blast.

Read the post here

Helena is perhaps one of the most original individuals that I’ve ever met. Like I said before, if I were to describe her writing style in one word, I’d call it BOLD. She’s fun and fearless and comes up with a lot of crazy stuff. And that’s why you need to check out FOLLOW her blog at http://helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com/

She’s also a very supportive friend. She even promised to bake me cookies (which will go directly into the trash because they may or may not be sprinkled with arsenic… yes, she’s unpredictable like that…) 🙂
Helena wrote a commercial for me. Read it here You’re going to love it, I swear! 🙂

Her alter ego, Jessica Bell, writes scary fiction. She mentioned in passing that she’s working on a novel. I’m sure that it’s going to be great and gothic as hell.

Meanwhile, watch out for the upcoming release of Memoirs of a Dilettante. I’ve already pre-ordered a copy!

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Memoirs of a Dilettante is a collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia, in their off-beat antics in such places as common as the local McDonald’s or the comic book store, to their travels to Miami for the search for the perfect Cuban sandwich. Interspersed between wacky one-off adventures, Helena tells personal, sometimes painful stories from her past in order to try and make sense of her life as it has played out, tempering everything with an indomitable sense of humour.

Cummerbund Bandersnatch, the Accidental Plagiarist, strippers, rock stars, geeks, freaks, and the Barista With No Name — these are just a few of the characters you’ll meet inside.

Discover Helena’s tales for the first time or all over again, with new notes and annotations for the culturally impaired — or for those who just need to know what the hell was going through her mind at the time!

Thank you, Björn!

Thank you, Björn, for offering to help in the Cover Reveal Blog Blast for my upcoming book 100 Nightmares.

Read his blog post here with his deliciously dark poem—a perfectly chilling introduction.

Sometimes his words are like gentle fingers caressing your cheek…
Sometimes, a mammoth fist crushing your soul.

Björn Rudberg is a poet extraordinaire.
He may be a physicist by education, but the man is a wordsmith at heart.

I remember when I still had plenty of time to write daily haiku for Carpe Diem… That was when I truly became a fan of Björn’s writing. Like me, English is not his first language (his first language is Swedish) but my god, sometimes my mouth just drops at the unbearable beauty of his words! A proof of what a gifted writer he is. Even in his Friday Fictioneers stories, Björn has this ability to make sorrow seem beautiful and the darkness seem desirable.

He mentioned in passing that he intends to do a book this year! Well, I can’t wait to get more details on this one. I’m sure that it’s going to be brilliant.

Björn is also one of the curators at D’verse. D’verse Poets Pub is where writers gather to celebrate poetry. It’s a home for poets—a place to learn and explore the various forms, to receive helpful critique, to support each other and to grow.

Visit his blog at http://brudberg.wordpress.com

Thank you Amy!

The lovely Amy Reese was among the first people who volunteered to join my blog blast. A few hours ago, she posted about the cover reveal of my upcoming book, “100 Nightmares”. Thank you Amy!

Read the post here

Like me, Amy participates regularly in Friday Fictioneers.
If I were to describe her writing style in one word, I’d call it Inspired.
Sometimes her words make you laugh… Sometimes they warm your heart… And sometimes they chill you to the very soul.

She also blogs about anything that strikes her as significant for the day– life’s pleasant surprises and mini mishaps.

More than that, she’s a beautiful mom who inspired and encouraged her son to write fiction. He has his own fantasy and sci-fi blog! And you can tell where his talent and love for creative writing came from. The world needs more moms like Amy.

Do visit her at http://amyreesewrites.com/ and marvel at her fun, quirky and sometimes scary imaginings.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE COVER REVEAL OF 100 NIGHTMARES

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what’s the tale behind this image? find out in one of my stories in 100 Nightmares

Hi everyone! I’m releasing my very first horror story collection this April and I’m seriously psyched. It consists of 100 stories written in exactly 100 words, accompanied by a few illustrations.

I’ll be needing volunteers for the cover reveal. The book cover is finally done and it’s oh so brilliant!

If you like my writing, help me spread the word by joining my Blog Blast. It’s a self-published effort so I’m going to need all the help I can get.

Send me an email

I’ll send you the cover and a description of my book so you can post it on your blog whenever you’re free. In exchange, I’d give you my soul but you probably don’t want the filthy little thing so I’ll just feature you on my blog and thank you from the bottom of my wicked heart.

It doesn’t matter to me if you have 10,000 followers or 1,000 or 100. Or if you have a writing blog or a photography blog or a blog like mine (which is basically about anything under the sun). 🙂 Any form of help will be appreciated.

xoxo
K.Z. 🙂

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